Thursday, December 1, 2005
It's about freedom
Hate speech laws, torture, religious intolerance: they all destroy what we are fighting for, according to Pieter. And I am inclined to agree:
Of course the left never subscribed to the classical liberal values of individualism and freedom and the right - while in theory the port of call for these values - will only protect these fundamental values to a limited extent. If the right accepts torture and resurrects demagogues, we are in deep trouble.
Itâ€™s time to really understand what weâ€™re fighting for, as there is indeed a war going on. No one is disputing that. Itâ€™s how we fight it, that is what's important. If we let the hate-speech law proponents frame the way forward, we lose. If we adopt the new right's approach of tearing apart our enemy, we lose too. That is what is at stake.
Indeed. Respect for freedom is the essential distinction between us and the enemy.
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Is it intolerant to be intolerant of an intolerant religion?
Cato the Elder (ip:184.108.40.206) 1 December 2005 - 20:44 uur
Yes, that's a very important question and one which I try to address in the second hyperlink.
This url might be worth a few moments as well:
Arjan Dasselaar (ip:220.127.116.11) 1 December 2005 - 22:40 uur
OK, thanks for pointing that out. I'll read the linked stuff.
This is my biggest concern, actually, is how to fight the fight without losing what we're fighting for along the way.
Cato the Elder (ip:18.104.22.168) 1 December 2005 - 23:16 uur
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